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Gaza truce in sight

Published : Thursday, 13 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 217

A glimmer of hope arises to end an 8-month long war in Gaza. This has come when Hamas which prompted Israel to carry out genocide in the Palestinian territories by launching surprise air strikes on Israeli lands on October 7 accepted a United Nations resolution on Tuesday for a ceasefire.     

Earlier, 14 UN Security Council members voted in favor of the resolution proposed by US President Joe Biden for a truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and urged the Palestinian militants to accept the deal.

Accordingly, Hamas and its ally the Islamic Jihad group and the rival Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbass welcomed the UN resolution that supported a three-phase ceasefire plan. But Hamas is insisting on a permanent end to the war in the Gaza Strip and complete Israeli withdrawal from the enclave of 2.3 million people.

However, Hamas also wanted a Gaza reconstruction plan, exchange of the prisoners, the return of the displaced people to their areas of residence, no demographic change or reduction in the area of the Gaza Strip and the delivery of needed aid to the Palestinians.
Now there is a million dollar question whether a truce will come into effect as Israel has said it will agree only to temporary pauses of war until Hamas is defeated. This means the Jewish state has not yet agreed to the US outlined proposal and even does not show any clear sign of accepting it abiding by all clauses of the truce.

At this moment it is not easy to assume whether the US will be able to tame Israel though the US approach towards its closest ally in the Middle Eastern region is said to have been non-transparent and opaque since the beginning of the Gaza war.        

The Biden administration has long been supplying Israel with projectiles and sophisticated weapons which have been used to commit genocide in Palestinian territories, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people including women and children and destroying homes, hospitals, mosques, churches and educational institutions.

Whats more, for many years, the US successive governments have remained unrepentant for their unwavering supports by abetting or condoning Israeli inhuman catastrophic atrocities with letting the Jewish state get away with all its crimes against humanity.

In recent months, Israeli offensive in Gaza and other Palestinian territories have surpassed all previous records.  Historically, the US has been the largest supplier of weapons to Israel with an annual military assistance estimated at $3.8 billion and by using American-supplied weapons in breach of international humanitarian law in some instances during the Gaza war, Israeli forces have already killed nearly 38,000 innocent people.

The Biden government is not only arming Israel with heavy weapons, it has also exercised its veto power to prevent Palestine from becoming a full member of the United Nations.

This time, we hope the US will be able to rein in Israel by making the Jewish state accept the UN backed permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

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